House arrest to continue before trial in slaying

June 21, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A 16-year-old Lansdowne youth accused of supplying the gun used to kill another teen-ager last month was allowed to remain under house arrest yesterday after an Anne Arundel Circuit judge denied a prosecutor's request to revoke his bail.

But Paul E. Carder of the 3100 block of Ryerson Circle was ordered by Judge Martin A. Wolff not to contact any state witnesses before his trial on first-degree murder charges for his alleged role in the slaying of Raymond Childress IV in Glen Burnie May 16.

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford had sought a court order to revoke the youth's bond Thursday because he said the defendant had telephoned a witness, Tabatha Heitzer, June 2 and told her not to talk to police.

Ms. Heitzer felt threatened enough by the call to complain to Detective Keith Williams, the county police investigator who was handling the case, Mr. Mulford said.

But Mr. Carder's lawyer, T. Joseph Touhey, argued yesterday that his client, who has been at home since May 31 on $25,000 bail, was only following his orders when he called.

Mr. Touhey said he told Mr. Carder to tell his friends that if they were contacted by police they should talk to Mr. Touhey first and then only talk with police if they recorded the conversation.

Mr. Touhey has expressed anger and frustration that police did not tape a statement Mr. Carder gave them when he was arrested last month.

He said he plans to contest the accuracy and admissibility of the statement before the trial.

Another Lansdowne youth, Mark Anthony Wheelton, 17, of the 3200 block of Gorham Court also has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the killing.

Police said Mr. Childress, 19, was shot once in the head about 11:10 p.m. near Hammerlee Road and Sunset Drive in Glen Burnie.

The shooting involved a dispute over a girl, police said.

In his statement to police, Mr. Carder says he agreed to lend Mr. Wheelton his father's .25-caliber handgun about 10 days before the slaying.

According to the statement, he and Mr. Wheelton drove to the neighborhood of Mr. Wheelton's former girlfriend.

When they found Mr. Childress, the Mr. Wheelton allegedly walked up to him and fired the gun.

No trial date has been set.

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